- Sule Lamido declares that the Peoples Democratic Party will not chamge its name as it is being speculated
- Lamido says those who want a name change as only reason to join the party should stay back
- He also carpets the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the security situation of the country
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not planning to change its name, Sule Lamido, a former governor of Jigawa state and presidential aspirant on the platform of the party, has disclosed.
The Nation reports that Lamido, while speaking with delegates to the party’s convention slated for September 2018, said PDP is not a chameleon that would change its name to suit the desire of those who wanted to join it.
The report quoted Lamido as saying that anyone not satisfied with the party’s name could leave.
“PDP remains the only party with well-defined ideology. Between 1999 and now, other parties have changed their names in the quest to wrest power from the PDP.
“Of the parties, only the PDP has retained its name,” Lamido said in Minna, Niger state, while claiming that the destruction caused by the APC government had set the country back by 10 years.
He also condemned the security situation across the country adding that APC was in panic because those that matter in the party had defected to the PDP.
“Defection occurs when there is injustice and impunity. Impunity and injustice made people to leave PDP then. Those who left are now coming back.
“When they left us, we were able to manage it, we were able to conduct ourselves in a very dignified way because we are leaders.
“What goes round comes round. It is now time for the APC to experience same and they are panicking because they have no capacity. When we faced same in 2014, we were very cool, calm and collected and were able to cheer the party despite our losses.
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“The APC are panicking because those defecting are the brains behind the party. They are finished that is why they are panicking,” he said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that ahead of 2019 general elections, the Peoples Democratic Party was believed to be considering the possibility of changing its name.
It quoted The Punch as reporting that it is said to be one of the conditions given by those who left the party before the 2015 general elections.
It was also reported that the PDP penciled down deputy Senate president Ike Ekweremadu as the man to lead the move to a new name.
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